Early morning at 9:12 AM on Thursday (27th April 2017), Indian army successfully test-fired intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) Agni-III from a Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. The trail of the missile was taken off from launch pad No.4 of the Integrated Test Range situated on the island.
It is basically a user test, handled by the Strategic Forces Command which is an especially raised missile-handling unit of the Indian Army. Also, the test was carried out with logistics support from DRDO.
As per to sources, Agni-III testing was randomly chosen from the assembly line. The trial has met all mission goals with a strike range of more than 3,000 km and capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads weighing up to 1.5 tones. This missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant engine, with a length of 17 mts, the diameter is 2 mts and the weight is around 2,200 kg.
In June, 2011, this missile was enlisted in the armed forces.